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HEALTH, AGING & SOCIETY - Research Skills

How to Evaluate Resources

Not sure if a source is valid? This video explains how you can tell -- by using the CRAAP test. (2:10)

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The Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process = 1. Submit article, 2. Assessed by Editor. Rejected OR Sent to Peer Review. 3. Reviews Assessed by Editor. Rejected OR Further Review Needed (return to Sent for Peer Review.) OR Accepted OR Revisions Required (then to Submit article then back to Assessed by Editor). 4. Accepted. Then Formatting and Production. Then Published.

Scholarly Versus Popular

Scholarly versus Popular Articles What are the differences? Authors: Scholarly authors may be researchers and scholars such as university professors. Popular source authors include staff writers such as journalists and freelance writers. Audience: Scholarly audience could include professors, students, and other researchers. Popular source audiences are the general public. Purpose: Scholarly articles are written to present and share original research or experiments. The purpose of popular sources is to inform, entertain or persuade the general public. Language: Scholarly articles use formal, technical and specialized language. Popular sources use every day language. References: Scholarly sources use footnotes, endnotes, bibliographies and suggested reading. Popular sources typically use few to no citations.

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